09/03/2013 11:23 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Southern Review is pleased to announce the appointment of Emily
Nemens as co-editor and prose editor of the distinguished literary journal. Nemens,
a Seattle native, was the search committee’s unanimous first choice.
“We are so pleased to have Emily join our staff,” said LSU Press director MaryKatherine
Callaway, who led the nation-wide search. “Her strong commitment to great writing,
immense talent, creativity and professionalism are exemplary of the high standards
set by The Southern Review.”
The author of a collection of short stories, “Scrub,” Nemens’s short fiction has appeared
in The Gettysburg Review and on Esquire.com. As a student in LSU’s renowned MFA program,
she won both nonfiction and poetry prizes, and received a grant to travel to Portugal
to work on her novel-in-progress. She has participated in residencies at the Kerouac
Project of Orlando and Denniston Hill, and has been recognized by Heeb magazine as
a top Jew in the arts.
“I’m excited to have this opportunity,” said Nemens. “It is a privilege to help the
journal continue to discover and promote engaging, relevant and challenging literature.”
Nemens, who has an undergraduate degree in art and art history from Brown University
moved to Louisiana from Brooklyn. While in New York, she worked in editorial capacities
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she edited the teacher resource “Painting
Words, Sculpting Language: Creative Writing Workshops” at the Metropolitan Museum
of Art and at the American Institute of Architects. She also has experience working
on oral history projects in Rhode Island, Louisiana and at the Smithsonian’s Archives
of American Art. She previously served The Southern Review as editorial assistant.
An accomplished artist, Nemens collaborated with Harvey Pekar on a chapter in Studs
Terkel’s “Working: A Graphic Adaptation.” Her illustration project, “Women of the
112th and 113th,” which features miniature watercolor portraits of all the women in
the U.S. Congress, was profiled on MSNBC, Salon, Jezebel and The Huffington Post.
Founded in 1935 by Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks, The Southern Review is published four times a year at LSU Press.
Posted on Tuesday, September 3, 2013